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neighborhoods around in trouble. jenna: look at the cars. our thoughts go out to all of you who have suffered through these storms. jon: thanks for joining us today. jenna: "america live" starts right now. martha: a devastating day for millions of people in the south, an urgent search and rescue operation is underway at this hour. dozens of powerful tornadoes tore a path of destruction stpr mississippi tfrommississippi to. there are still storm warnings in effect up the east coast. 206 people are dead across six states. we do not know the full extent of this disaster. welcome to "america live." i'm martha maccallum. we join you live from london as we prepare for the wedding tomorrow in london. brand-new video of mid r-r and her family has comb in. we'll get to that in a moment.
we want to go back to the tornado terror. this is what it sounds like when you are faced with a monster half mile wide tornado. watch this. you can hear him breathing as he's shooting this video. it down in tuscaloosa, one of the hafrdess hit areas. this hour i will speak to the man who shot that incredible video. he is coming up on "america live" in a while from now. six states begin the massive cleanup effort. this is what is left in carson city alabama.
look at whain prattcounty, al. there have been more tornadoes in 24 hours than in ten years. people caught all of these massive twisters on tape. here is a look at some of the best that it tells you most clearly what this looks like. >> a mothership supercell. never seen this in virginia before. power flashess. oh, my god. oh, my god. there it is. please go away.
martha: you can seat tran sis toers exploding along the power lines there as it rips its way across that road. this is unbelievable. trace gallagher has been watching it all for us west coast newsroom. he has a clear picture of the massive damage, a comprehensive look at all of this. trace. >> reporter: you know, martha as you look at the numbers and the information begins coming in, this could be one of the worst tornado out breaks in u.s. history. the national weather service saying in the past 24 hours they've got even reports of 137 tornadoes in five states, 66 of those touching down in alabama alone, and that's where we begin. let's go now to alabama and tuscaloosa. this of course the home of the university of alabama. i want to show you four different angles of this same massive tornado. many experts believe this thing could have been three-quarters of a mile to a mile across.
there is another angle from a further distance. look at the size of this thing, it looks like a reverse nuclear bomb. instead of the explosion going up you have it kind of bearing down. all of these pictures taken by amateur photographers. as tornadoes spin they kind of act like vacuums sucking up the debris. i want to freeze that, you see that right there? that is the a rooftop from tuscaloosa. it gives you an idea of the size of the tornado and how strong help actual leer. the population here -- there it is frozen, that is a rooftop being sucked up and thrown out the debris every bit as dangerous as the wind because it speeds around at horrific speeds. a pine needle could become deadly in this case. there is the damage, that's what it left behind. 83,000 people live here. the death toll across alabama
131. 15 killed in tuscaloosa. a hundred hospitalized and they are searching for those who may be prapd inside of all of that debris. let's go to mississippi. this is philadelphia mississippi, just one of many tornadoes that touched the state there. it skips across the road. every time it hits a power pole you'll hear or see a spark, boom, you can kind of see the concentration of how strong the things are. it goes across the road you see the spark there. it comes and goes again, a number across mississippi were hit here, you have dozens who were killed there. the damage across mississippi is widespread. take a look at some of that damage, there the same, this is county after county in state after state along the southern and midwest parts of the country there. some of the people just now getting a chance to go out and take a look. listen to. >> every tree in the yard is uprooted. i have a hole in my son's room. there's a tree in the bedroom.
water is everybody. a tree is in my bathroom. >> reporter: take a look at this now, this is oilville in central virginia, listen. >> oh, my god. amazing, probably a tornado in that thing, wow. >> reporter: that is a tornado that looks like a supercell, in fact that is a supercell. this thing tore a four-mile path of destruction. it wasn't the only one to hit the state there. they got hit by several, flattening homes, businesses. virginia also now in search and recovery mode, and many residents there very shaken. listen. >> huge, it looked like a huge funnel was forming. it was really scary and we all ran into the exxon. it was like about 12 of us in there in a walk in. there was a baby in there, everybody was really scared. >> reporter: we had so many different pictures of so much damage we could not get to it all. this is in polk county, georgia. look at that home. that is actually a few homes
that have kind of been thrown together. georgia, severe damage. in tennessee 30 killed. kentucky they are reporting a death. now the death toll well above 215. this could go much higher as the search and recovery effort continues in all these various states, and as we get more information, martha, on these tornadoes and get new pictures they will bring them to you as they come in, it's a horrific story being played out across much of this country. martha: it really is, trace. as you were just crossing we just had tkrosing the wires here we can now tell everyone that president obama will tour the damaged sites in alabama, he will go there tomorrow. this has just crossed. obviously this is the kind of situation where people want to see the president on the ground in this time of need for all of these people. that is the decision of the white house. he was expected to meet with the bcs, auburn bcs champs, that of
course has been postponed. there is much more urgent activity that needs to be on his agenda tomorrow. that's where he will be, in alabama tomorrow. as all of this goes through we will get you the breaking news moment by moment as the rescue continues and the search for those trapped in there continues as well. this has truly been it is not a stretch to say that this is a spring that a lot of people would like to forget. according to one report 292 tornadoes are confirmed in this month alone. take a look at this. the red dots that you see on this graphic those are the tornadoes reported since january. january through april. 600dots across the map of the united states. it doesn't even include yesterday's outbreak which saw an extraordinary number of tornadoes. april is quadruple this year from what it usually is in most of these seasons. our chief meteorologist rick reichmuth has been on top of this story and covering it as a
meteorologist but also in a human way. this is a huge story we are watching unfold in tuscaloosa. he joins me now from the scene of some of the worst devastation in all of this. hello, rick. >> reporter: hi, martha it really is. the pictures coming out of tuscaloosa, we knew it would be devastating when we saw the tornadoes. the images of the tornado. now you see exactly what it can do. here is a look at the neighborhood behind me that was completely leveled. all of the brick and block structures, all of them collapsed . cars on top of the structures, structures on top of the cars, complete chaos. people are trying to dig through to see if there are any of their belongings. see if people are missing, and there are missing and they are looking for them here. 250 reports of tornadoes in the last three days alone. we've had 600 confirm tornadoes this month. this will likely go down as the
most tornadoes of any single month every in the united states history. i want you to take a look at this neighborhood. we have a lot of people milling about. there are emergency vehicles around, and you can see all of the damage especially as you turn around back behind here and you see cars completely blown-out, and there is a lot of debris here and they've been looking for survivors in that debris all day long. many people have questions about the university of alabama which is close to here. we haven't been able to get good information. we have a student ryan king. you're a student. >> i am. >> reporter: you survived without any damage. >> you could hear it coming, it really does sound like a train, your ears stop popping, we were fine, when we came out it was just like looking at a completely different place. right across the street from us was just leveled. there was a milos and hobby
lobby that are gone. i don't feel like i'm in tuscaloosa. >> reporter: any significant damage to the campus. >> i'm not sure. i think it missed campus about 300 yards away, 400 yards away. we don't have power, i know the next few days classes are canceled. they have no power. there are students without houses and they are trying to get things together. >> reporter: ryan is from pweur birmingham that also took a hit. so much more to be uncovered here, martha. >> reporter: obviously we are having a few audio problems in london. i'm alisyn camerota. i'll take over until we fix
those. a state of emergency in effect in georgia, 14 killed there after violent storms pound the state. we'll talk to the mayor of one hard-hit area. there is heartbreaking news in the search for a missing young mother. investigators find the body of krista dittmeyer, we'll tell you what police are now saying about her mysterious death. gas prices are soaring and experts say it will only get worse. we'll take a look at a new report at what is driving these numbers. michael reagan weighs in on that next. >> large amounts of oil and natural glass lay beneath our land and under our shores untouched because the present administration seems to believe the american people would rather see more regulation, more taxes and more controls than more energy. [ music playing, indistinct conversations ] the charcoal went out already? [ sighs ] forget it. [ male announcer ] there's more barbeque time in every bag of kingsford charcoal.
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away and come back to the action in london. we just got brand-new video in moments ago. this is kate middleton as she arrives at the goring hotel. this is where she'll be spending her night before the wedding. there she is. she's been greeted by adoring crowds. everybody wants to get a glimpse of her, see if she looks nervous. that is her mother on the right hand side of her. her sister pippa is in the red skirt and blue jacket on the other side of her. they took a moment here as you can see and chatted with the folks that were kind of organizing this entrance for them at the goring. she chose to spend the night with her family. princess diana spent the night at clarence house alone. tonighalone. she will be surrounded by her family and a close group of friends before the biggest day of her life. there is a new picture, a photograph released today that
shows the two of them last night, and that is the new photo that came in by mario tostino who was one of diana's favorite photographers and photographed the kids over the years. all of that to show you what is happening for the big wedding that is going to get underway tomorrow. let's go back to the united states now and talk about something that is much less pleasant than that subject. that is the pain at the pump. it is getting worse by the day. for 36 straight days there has not been a rest in this. prices have just kept creeping up every single day for 36 days. at that rate we will be well over 4 bucks by the middle of may. according to aaa the national average for a gallon of gas stands at $3.89. you've probably seen numbers higher than that, as we take a look at this incredible upward pressure on gas prices. some areas are already seeing the prices in the $4 range.
sometimes even the $5 range as they have digested the market actions. the interesting thing today is there is a new federal trait commission report and it says that prices are going up because of normal market forces. you've heard a lot about speculation, a lot about the epa. that is contrary to the obama administration's suggestion that those speculators and fraud may be driving up the cost of gas. here to talk about that is michael reagan the author of the new reagan revolution and chairman of the reagan group. michael, welcomement great to have you with us today. >> good to be with you, than that you. martha: you get this ftc report and it says we are seeing nothing you normal market forces that are pushing this up. >> absolutely right. the president of the united states is trying to a fix flame to someone other than what's really going on in the natural market forces. by the way here in california
it's close to $5 a gallon. illinois, chicago about the same. it is really hurting who the middle class, lower income people, those are the people being hurt. those people trying to buy food at the stores. the cost of vegetables is going up, everything is going up because of the cost of fuel prices and nobody is doing anything about it, especially the president of the united states when all he's trying to do is a fix blame to somebody else. why doesn't he look at the epa, who is recinding permits, pulling permits, disallowing drilling off the gulf, why doesn't he look to himself and the epa and his own government to say what can we do to get this moving in the right direction. martha: when you talk about normal market forces that's base i be. that means there is not enough supply out there. we know there is a lot of pressure on our refineries in the u.s. because they are required to produce different blends to different parts of the
country. that's part of the regulation that has been driving the prices higher, right? >> absolutely right. that's not the only regulation. you have the regulatory apparatus that sits on people that want to build new refineries. there hasn't been a new refinery built in the united states since the 19 70s. our population has grown but we haven't grown refineries to take care of putting gas out there on the market for us to be able to drive our cars at a rate that we can afford. we need to start building refineries. here in california, we tried to build a solar plant out in the desert. it's two-thirds built and now they are starting it because of the desert tort advertise. 28 or 38 desert tort advertises may be in fact endangered because of it so we're not going to have a solar plants. it seems the environmentalists are having arguments with each other and you and i are paying
the price. martha: thank you very much michael reagan on the gas situation, the president hasn't been able to do much to fix it. americans sent to train the afghan military gunned down is an unbelieve story. a serviceman and contractor are death. an afghan man accused of pulling the trigger in this situation. we are learning more about what happened here. this is a horrifying story and we will get you up to speed on it. it's from the war zone in afghanistan moments from now. and also frightening video of a tornado touching down near a university campus here in the u.s. that is tuscaloosa. next we're going to talk to the man who took this video. you can hear him breathing in the background of it. we are going to ask him what was going through his mind when he shot this. when we come back with more on "america live" right after this. ♪
martha: back here on "america live" today coming to you from london, but we want to take you back to the united states. pratt city, alabama is the site of this new video we just got in. it gives you even a better picture -- look at this. you can literally see the path of this tornado as it ripped a hole through these neighborhoods all across these states. devastation, hundreds of people lost their lives. there is a sprinkler shooting out from underneath a home that has been completely destroyed, and they are still looking for the missing among these. a little while ago rick reichmuth was telling us the story about a family who was still searching for a teenager who they have not been able to
uncover in this rubble. they have pulled some people from out of this situation alive. we are going to continue to follow the rescue story, because that is the most important story that is going on right now in all of this and where the weather is headed now. we'll be back to more of that in just a moment. all right. to afghanistan now. we are getting some very shocking new details in the murder of nine americans that took place in afghanistan. eight u.s. service members and one american contractor gunned down during a meeting at the kabul airport. they were shot by one ever the afghan pilots that they were there to train. jennifer griffin is looking into all of this and reporting on it live for us from the passenger. jennifer, this is a story i think a lot of people have not heard and it is a very awful story. >> reporter: well it's terrible, martha and we are starting to get some details about the victims. one is major david broder, a
34-year-old u.s. air force pilot who was placed out of alaska. he had been in afghanistan just three months. he was a graduate of the u.s. air force academy in colorado, from sutton, massachusetts. he has two small children. his family is en route to dover, delaware to meet his remains as they return from afghanistan, one of the nine that was killed there. he was a star athlete in high school and president of the student body. he was by all accounts a stellar guy. and we are now learning about the man who killed him, and he is a 50-year-old afghan veteran pilot, had been in the service for 20 years, and his brother is saying that the taliban claims that he was a member of the taliban are false. he had financial troubles and that's why he killed the american trainers. the shooting took place in a
meeting at 10:45 yesterday morning in kabul, afghanistan. they were meeting with the trainers. they were sitting around in a building. we understand from witnesses that that shooting began during that meeting. afghan service members started jumping out of windows to get away from the gunman. it was a tail of betrayal and we'll bring you more as we know on this terrible shooting in afghanistan. martha: what a tragedy, jennifer, thank you. we'll get more details on that as it comes out. awful, your heart goes out to that family as they go to meet his body in dover, delaware today, jennifer, thank you very much. coming up this catastrophic damage that we've been showing you across the south, thinks our top story at this hour. the death toll, the very latest numbers we are getting now, nearing 250 people who lost their lives in these storms we haven't seen in this country since 1974. we will talk to the mayor of one
of the hardest hit towns. we'll get his perspective on how it looks on the ground for him and the cleanup eufrts that will be underway shortly. reigniting the immigration debate. what the president is saying about states that take this into their own hand like georgia is now doing. and an heartbreaking update is also coming up as well. we will be right back with more on that. [ female announcer ] it's red lobster's
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>> this is a fox news weather alert, unimaginable devastation across the south as we learn more about the toll that this storm system has been taking on the poor people of these states. people are now literally combing through the wreckage of their broken homes and neighborhoods, describing the horror when they find the bodies of friends in some cases among the rubble. this is a really rough story, and it's continuing to play out this afternoon. at least 248 people, that is the very latest death toll, rising by the hour now, six states affected by all of this, the deadlier tornado outbreak that the country has seen in nearly 40 years. more than half the victims are in the state of alabama, 1262 confirmed deaths, that is where the most brutal of these tornadoes took action. as many as a million people are without power right now, and that is the story for them. the national weather service saying it got 137 tornado reports, if you can believe that, from wednesday night.
get a load of this footage coming into fox from georgia. look at this. it is leaving a path behind of homes in ruins, debris which is so deadly. you can see the whole second floor of that house, the rooftop, to be sure, completely lifted off, a school here, heavily damaged, 13 deaths reported in the state of georgia. we're going to be live in gaza couple minutes from now, we'll get you an updated report from georgia, that is coming up moments away. all right. back to washington now, where president obama is renewing calls for comprehensive immigration reform. he came out and started talking about immigration again, he says that the united states really should not deal with this issue, he believes, in a piecemeal manner, the president says states like georgia and arizona, which have taken it into their own hands, have made it basically being in the country illegal and they've made it a crime in their states with their own legislation they passed. he says they shouldn't have done that, should not have
passed their own immigration laws, needs to be a federal issue. chris blant joins me and christopher han, former aide to senator chuck schumer and democratic strategist. good to have you here, thank you for being with us. chris, let me start with you. it seems to be a bit at odds, the president saying this has to be a comprehensive federal program, yet it appears that that's not happening. >> well, yeah, that's right. you know, the states are being forced to act because the federal government's techlessness on this issue and paralysis on this issue, and it didn't begin in all fairness with the obama administration, the obama administration certainly has continued with the techlessness -- fecklessness and there is no cohesive policy. the obama 5d managers has -- administration has pulled away from the border, reduced from the border, done away with the virtual fence, they've come up with phony deportation numbers that are supposed to appease us all, but the federal
government isn't getting the job done. you have to expect that the states are going to take action. they're tax strapped for one thing. they've got to deal with budgetary issues, this is one of the places that's hitting them. martha: chris, the administration says they have, in fact, been on top of it and that the situation along the border in their mind, as we know, has been talked about a lot, napolitano says it's better than ever. christopher, i assume you would agree with that. >> yeah, i mean, there are more boots on the ground and more electronic devices patrolling the border than ever before and ever money being spent than ever more, that said, article one, section eight of the united states constitution expressly grants this power exclusively to the federal government. it's one of the reasons why we have a federal government. so that we have uniformed immigration and naturalization laws. the supreme court has upheld this time and time again and all the states are doing are wasting their dollars in putting this stuff out there martha: well, you know what these states will say and chris will likely say on
this as well, is that the feds haven't been doing their jobs and that these people are -- things are crump ling under the mismanagement and that the federal government, if they don't do it we've got to do it ourselves. >> martha, the president is right to bring together some people and both republicans and democrats to come up with a comprehensive plan for immigration reform in this policy. you can't keep demagoguing on t. we can't keep saying we need more and more enforcement. we do need to enforce our borders, i agree with that, but we need to have a policy that deals with the fact that there's a market for immigrants in this country, which is why people come here, why my grandparents came here, why chris' great grandparents came here. martha: we're talking about legal immigration in those cases! christopher, we'll be right back to gliew kind of an important question. martha: chris plante, perhaps there should be a path but the folks in arizona listen to this probably from the white house and say that's well
and good but we've been waiting for this direction from the federal government for a long, long time and it hasn't come. >> yeah, it hasn't come. it's been decades in the making. i mean, this is a catastrophe that both parties share the blame for. but this administration is now in power, and the reality is chris talks about the state -- states spending money frivolously. they're spending money frivolously in the court system, school system, in the hospitals, on people here not legally and chris, the first victims of criminal illegal aliens and all of the problems that are associated with it are other immigrants who are here legally. they fall victim to the illegal alien criminal element, and all of that. look, we've got a situation here in washington, d.c. where a local county in virginia, prince william county, cracked down on their own, because the federal government wasn't doing its job. they've saved money in the process, violent crime has dropped through the floor in all of the major and significant areas, while another county in maryland, a very open-minded county,
montgomery county, has rolled out the welcome mat, their costs have gone up, their crime rates have gone up, burden to schools, and court systems -- >> martha: that's a good example, a case study of what's going on in maryland. chris, we're going to have to leave it there but i thank you and my apologies to christopher han. we've been having signal problems and we lost him so he's not there to rebutt your last statement, chris plante. thanks to christopher han, we'll talk more to him next time and interesting debate, that's not one that's going away, that's for sure. coming up right here, an investigation is now underway into the death of this 20-year-old mother from maine. she was last seen with her infant daughter. why police are now calling her death suspicious and they know a lot more about this now. we'll take a look at this also, right now. tornadoes devastate the
update for you on a story we've been following on "america live", investigators have discovered the body of a young single mother last seen nearly a week ago. police found 20-year-old christa dittmeier's car as you may remember abandoned in a park lot of a ski resort, inside was her one four-month old daughter and yesterday divers pulled christa's body, they became interested in this pond area and indeed that is where they found her. an autopsy is yet to be determined in terms of cause of death. more details on that as they
become available. >> ♪ >> ♪ >> ♪ martha: all right. let's move back to the wedding for a moment here as we are outside of buckingham palace in london. one of the biggest developments here today was the news that syria's ambassador to britain will now not be attending tomorrow's royal wedding, he was unin vite dollars this morning, less than 24 hours before the wedding took place, the royalty family invited delegations from all over -- from many cups. this is a visito of indicate middleton as she and her sister and family arrived at the bor -- at the goring hotel. that is indicate wedding -- middleton. the buckingham palace decided to withdraw the invitation after the crackdown against the prodemocracy supporters. how do the royals balance all of this, why was this decision made at the final moment? i'm joined by royal commentator richard fitzwilliams.
good to have you here. quick thoughts on this issue. i've seen the back and forth in the british newspapers that there were demands that this ambassador from syria, the thought was why would he be invited to this and not tony blair, for example. >> exactly. the reason that he was invited was on the advice of a foreign common wet office, that all countries that have so called normal relations with britain should be asked, but happily, this has prevailed, and because of the massacres, he has been disinvited, bahrain was encouraged not to accept the invitation that had been sent, libya will of course not be sent one. martha: and there will be lots of diplomats and heads of state, but some figure it's not a state wedding so you won't get a lot of the leaders of our country, president obama and some others, france and germany, not going to be here. but let's talk for a moment about the significance of all of this, because a lot of people, you know, say what does it really matter. >> oh, but it does matter
tremendously, because the monarchy is the symbol of national unity for britain, and there's absolutely no doubt that when william and catherine take their vows in front of 2 billion people to spend their lives together and face the challenges ahead, i think it's something that we all will feel universal. perhaps into this, there's a certain continuity into that. >> i agree, i think that national unity in britain has been challenged as it has in so many countries and they do have the possibility to play a role to bring people together. they talk about wanting a live a private life, yet we know he wants to be a strong -- a good king, i don't know if he wants to be a strong king but what kind of king do you think he will be? >> events will shape this. he is -- his mother, the prince of wales, was a unique figure who did so
much for the disadvantaged and the queen, who exempts 60 years of exemplary rule. >> it remains to be seen on how outspoken he wants to be on matters of politics and so far, elizabeth certainly discussions these things with the prime minister, the queen does. >> but privately, and certainly, the monarch must be above politics. the rule is that the role of the monarchy is to be advised by government ministers to encourage, yes, and to warn, but to be totally above the political fray. that is essential. but the queen, of course, has tremendous influence and personality throughout the world. martha: in say it was a political statement that margaret thatcher was invited to the wedding, they said that was decided upon by the queen and not bestowed upon tony blair and gordon brown who very
conspicuously were not invited. >> and that surprised a lot of people that were concerned, a lot of the ordinary people in the country. martha: why do you think toangy blair was not invited? >> because it was, as i see it, surprising. he helped the monarchy a very great deal at the time of the tragedy of the death of the princess of wales and i suspect it was a matter of the division of the list of guests into categories, without the thought that there should have been when it comes to certain sensibilities. you mentioned regarding two torry prime ministers, and two labour ones who hadn't been asked and most people will be very surprised. otherwise the guest list is exemplary. martha: great to have your input. we'll all watch with great interest tomorrow. thank you very much. >> my pleasure. martha: all right. well, we are going to head back to the united states now in a moment. we have some brand new video that has been coming in of this awful weather and these flendous storms that have ripped a path through the southern states of our country. the sheer force of these
alabama, look at this picture, this really says it all, there is nothing left of their home, but they do have each other. these people. and that cannot be said, sadly, for nearly 200 people in this situation. an emergency worker in smithville, mississippi, climbing piles of rubble to start assessing what it will take to clean up his community. how do you even begin to tackle what these people are faced with? it is unbelievable. and it's a race against time in birmingham, alabama. fire crews there are searching for any trapped victims. there have been moments here today where we have heard of people moaning in the rubble who have been pulled out, so they will just racing against time to get people out of this, the destruction of the tornadoes, literally on full display, little left of this alabama neighborhood as they sort to sift through. the -- the winds stripped the trees bare, they just bent in so many of the pictures we've seen. take a look of this footage,
just into fox from georgia. look at this. literally, peoples' possessions strewn across the trees and this, the roof literally ripped off this house and the rest of it looks like -- look at the roof. all of the rooms on the first floor of this house, completely exposed and the car in the garage. thirteen deaths reported in that state. joining me on the phone, dade county, georgia mayor ted rumley. mayor rumley, we are so sorry for what you folks are going through there. what can you tell us about the damage and how people are holding up? >> well, we've got -- confirmed two fatalities, possibly a third one. we're waiting on from the coroner. we've got -- we don't even have a number yet of how -- we are asked to do an estimate in the field, but we've got -- the main port of our town in trenton, up into an area called sand mountain is totally wiped
out. martha: what about missing, people missing, mayor rumley? >> right now, we only have three that are unaccounted for, right now. and -- but you know, that's -- it could be maybe just -- they may check in any time, we don't know, but we have cadaver dogs going into the houses right now, and we're going door to door. we already went door and door and did a quick check but you can't do a full check until you have the dogs. martha: incredible. we're watching people walking around on the rooftops and you don't even know where to begin. our hearts go out to you, mayor, as you try comfort your people in this very difficult time. thank you for taking a few moments to talk to us about it, i think it helps everybody understand what you're under. thank you, mayor ted rumley, joining us from dade county, georgia and look at this, utter destruction. that is how one alabama mayor is describing what happened in his town as we
continue to watch all of this unfold. whole neighborhoods have been wiped off the map. imagine a picture of you, in your house, if you walked out, all the houses around you were gone? rescue, cleanup operations moving forward. we're going to go live to birmingham, that's coming up next as they brave mother nature was worst to bring us amazing -- look at the pictures coming in from the storm chasers of what it looked like as this came through. that's discovery channel's storm chaserrers about this week's twister outbreak, coming up. she felt lost...
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martha: this is fox news alert, we now know that the president of the united states will tour the devastation across alabama and that will take place tomorrow. he is slated to land in the tornado-ravaged area some time on friday. he will meet with alabama's governor after walking through what is left of these communities. he will see this firsthand on the ground, crushed my mother nature. that is how we start a brand-new hour of "america live." i'm martha maccallum, live from london. we go to the death and destruction that has been seen across the south and that takes center stage right now.
philadelphia, mississippi is this scene as storm chasers track an immense tornado, look at this as it choose up the homes and power lines along the path. the death toll we are told is estimated at close to 250 people. jonathan serrie joins us live outside of birmingham alabama with more on this. >> reporter: this is the pratt city community of birmingham, you can see all the destruction around me, downed trees. a house ripped off its cement block foundation. a tree that was just pulled up by the roots. residents now that the clouds have cleared are returning to this community and others like it throughout the southeast trying to assess the damage, salvage what belongings they can and in many cases searching for loved ones. we found a family who was searching for a 72-year-old grandmother. the woman was apparently well prepared. in fact the day the tornadoes
were due to arrive she had stocked up a closet and that was going to be where she was going to take cover when the tornado hit. well they found her overturned car. they even found her driver's license, but no sign of the woman. the family is optimistic that she is somewhere safe, but perhaps unconscious and holding out hope that they will find her as they continue to search. also, martha, amazing stories of survival. you see some of the structures over here where the tornado hit the roofs or the upper floors, leaving untouched some of the lower floors. in other cases entire structures were completely destroyed. we came upon the remains of one brick house that was completely obliterated and yet the resident inside managed to survive. we asked him how he did it. he said he took cover in his bathtub, martha. martha: boy, jonathan these stories are just unbelievable. give us a sense of what it's like being there. it must be so shocking just to
take in all of this with your own eyes. >> reporter: it really is hard to take it in. it's becoming almost like groundhog day. it was last week we were in north carolina seeing similar scenes, entire communities decimated by tornadoes that went through that state, now here we are in alabama looking at some of the small communities. even though it's a se similar scene yovery similarscene you n. it shocks you to see what was once a thriving community almost completely destroyed. if there is a heart warming side to the story it's seeing all the residents come together. obviously this is a very tight knit community and people are coming out looking out for one another and trying to help wherever possible. the amazing thing is just how calm these people are, people who have in many cases have lost everything, taking this in stride and much of this i would a tribute to their faith. everyone talks about how god is
good, and everything is in god's hands, no matter how bad things get they trust in that higher power, martha. martha: well, they will need that faith as they undergo this process. jonathan, thank you so much. jonathan serrie reporting from birmingham, alabama, the staggering death toll is still climbing in this story in the wake of this lethal weather. as we take a look at it state-by-state this is what we know right now and the search is ongoing. 162 dead in the state of alabama, the most fatalities so far the hardest hit area. nearby mississippi, though, 32 people killed in mississippi. in tennessee at least 30 people were killed. and over in georgia they have 13 confirmed fatalities at this hour. as far north as virginia the tally is approaching double digits as well. these were just monster storms that ripped through this area. there is one more victim to tell you about who died from injuries that were sustained in the state of kentucky, so that puts
kentucky on this map now, sadly as well. so the next 48 hours really are crucial to the search and rescue mission that is underway right now in those broken buildings and homes in alabama. the survivors are possibly trapped under in some cases mountains of rubble. twisters leveled wide swaths of this state. i'm joined by yasimi august. give us a sense of what is happening there? >> right now we're trying to go to the counties hardest hit and make sure the folks with the most amoun amount of damage whoe been impacted the most are getting the resources they need to pull everything back together, if that is possible because the storm was so large and of a great magnitude. we are trying to work with the locals to make sure their resource requests and needs are meat this time. martha: what about the missing?
>> the missing? we have search and rescue underway right now. we are trying to make sure, we are going through the destroyed homes and buildings to uncover what is there. we are also on a lifesaving mission right now trying to make sure if there are more lives that we can save that we get that done in a timely manner. that's been going on since first thing this morning, day break. martha: have you been able to pull people out of this wreckage in any cases? >> i haven't talked to anyone on the search-and-rescue teams, because they've been out there, of course, trying to get those missions completed. but i'm sure that they are doing all they can to make sure that they try to, again, save as many lives as possible. martha: talk to me a little bit about the shock of all of this. these pictures are just -- they are so stunning, and this devastation is so complete in some areas. >> i think for everybody watching the storm come through yesterday it was almost -- i
don't know it had everybody speechless, for lack of better terms. i grew up in tuscaloosa, alabama, for me to watch that storm come through my home and the place that i grew up it was almost just staggering. for the rest of the state and the rest of the country i know they felt the same way. you know, oftentimes you see a storm come through that is out in a rural area, out in the open field somewhere, but this particular storm, or the second wave of storms, let me correct myself, came through the heart of birmingham, the heart of tuscaloosa. and to see a storm of that magnitude come through a densely populated area, i think everyone held their breath because they knew the outcome with us not going to be good. martha: we are just looking at some of these images, people holding onto their pets and to each other. what do you tell people, in interpreters of where they are going to sleep tonight, how you can help them through this? >> well, right now here at the state eoc we're coordinating all the state resources here.
we are dispatching those resources out as quickly as possible. one of the resources will include shell teres. shelters. we are making thaour th sure thl sisters are health with the department of health and resources, the facilities are staffed and they have the resources in the facilities to accommodate as many people as possible. martha: where did you go during the storm? >> i'm in clanton, alabama 40 miles north of montgomery. our building is partially underground. we are probably in the most safe and secure building in the state, so we really had no concerns here in terms of our state building. martha: we are look at these images, cars literally just tossed over onto the roof of the car, and water sprinklers squirting out everywhere. we know that power is out in so
many of these places. you know, beyond the rescue mission which obviously is the first and most important thing, what do you dew after that? what is first on the list? >> well you want to get in of course we mentioned a rescue mission. then we have to remove debris, make sure the roads are clear, make sure our first responders with get in and out, the search-and-rescue teams can get to people who may be trapped there. we are still assessing damage, we want to make sure we have a good assessment of just a dollar amount that is tied to this storm. for the homes that can be spared we have a lot of roof tarping taking place. after most storms you'll see the roof tarps on homes that are somewhat still inch habitable. we're doing that. temporary housing, and shelter and security becomes an issue in a storm like this. you have so many people out and about, and sometimes you have security issues, and so we have some man power on hand-to-hand he will that as well. martha: well it sound like you guys are doing a great job of
trying to get your arms around this which is just so devastating. as we often usually see i know there will be a lot of americans that come to your aid to try to help folks out there as well. we wish you well and our hearts and our prayers are with you today. thank you so much for taking a few minutes out of your busy day to join us. incredible pictures. >> thank you. martha: we continue to keep a close eye on all of this as there are new tornado and severe storm warnings now popping up. we are just getting these across from texas to maine. a lot of places still not out of the woods with this storm. meteorologist maria molina is watching it tracking it letting us know what we can expect next. maria what do you know. >> reporter: we do have two new tornado warnings across parts of north carolina. if you live in any of the counties you need to seek shelter immediately. two of the counties are linore and dublin counties. doppler radar has spotted rotation within some of the thunderstorms. could there be a tornado
touchdown shortly if there isn't one currently on the ground. you need to go seek shelter in a basement if you don't have a basement the other thing you can do is make sure to stay away from windows, go to the lowest level of your home. if you do live in a multiple story home go to the first floor and also try to go into an interior hallway or the most interior room of your home that you can find out there. the other county that has been reported with a tornado warning is laden county. there has been a tornado spotted by the fire department. a possible tornado currently on the ground out there. this is another thunderstorm rolling through. they move very quickly both of these moving to the northeast at 50 to 55 miles per hour. when the warnings are issued you need to head the warning immediately because they are so quickly moving and it just takes a couple of seconds and then they are gone. here are your tornado watches in effect across eastern virginia, eastern carolina and eastern south carolina those remain in effect throughout the afternoon. we have two severe thunderstorm watches, one including the new
york city area and eastern pennsylvania. although this isn't a tornado watch you need to keep an eye out because a tornado could form from some of the thunderstorms. here is a closer look at those two tornado warnings across eastern northern carolina where the highest risk is in place today, martha. martha: people need to be watching this very closely as we know. maria thank you so much for the update as that storm continues to work its way up the coast . we'll keep a close eye on it. as the dust settles a massive humanitarian crisis is really unfolding before our eyes as these poor people will start to try to pick up the pieces. trace gallagher will be with us on relief efforts that will be headed this way right after the break. >> there is not a home that is untouched that we've seen through there. >> i have a hole in my son's room. there's a tree in the bedroom. water is everywhere. a tree is in my bathroom.
martha: we are back. right now the top story is that desperate push to reach victims of these storms. in the next few hours to try to get help to thousands of americans whose lives were turned upside down. there is a mobilization of disaster relief underway in these communities which have been disabled by the deadliest outbreak of thighs kind of stormthese kind of stormsthat wd states in 40 years. trace gallagher is picking up the story from here. are efforts underway to help. >> reporter: yes, massive efforts underway. you talked about 40 years. 1974 the worst outbreak of tornadoes in u.s. history, april 3rd and 4th of 74. 330 people killed. we could surpass that in this case. the search and rescue effort is still underway. this is still a very fluid situation. even though our forecasting
technology is better, and our notification technology is better the death toll still as high. you look at the damage on the left hand side of the screen, the tornado on the right, think of the millions of people who right now are without power in six different states. the thousands who lost homes, the red cross is now out in force in several of those states. in fact the red cross tweeted that 2700 people stayed in red cross shelters last night, space is very limited. they are trying to get some hotel vouchers together. even in the warmer areas of the country they are trying to put tents up so people at least can get out of the rains that have been hitting so many states so hard. also in the process of feeding thousands and thousands of people, but they told us a little earlier they clearly need some help. listen. >> right now we're i like to saul it marshaling our resources. we have a tremendous amount of volunteers. we are always in need. if people in the communities
themselves have the ability to volunteer they can certainly call their local red cross and become a sporadic volunteer. we are in need of financial contributions to cover the costs. we are at millions of dollars in tornado damage. >> reporter: fema the federal emergency management agency is on the ground trying to coordinate the efforts. don't forget while we look at the tornadoes and focus on you the six states and the 200 plus lives that were lost there are still major flooding issues the red cross is trying to handle in several other states, towns and cities that are underwater there. that's taking a lot of their resources. and don't for get those wildfires in texas. there are still a lot of people without homes in texas. so clearly the resources are very thin. we should note that president obama will go to alabama tomorrow to tour the damage, but if you're looking for information to help the red cross you can go onto foxnews.com, they have it listed
for you if you'd like to help out. very, very much needed in this situation, martha. martha: we know everybody will want to do that. thanks for directing them there. we'll be back to you in a little while. for the latest information on these storms and for the weather warnings that are ongoing we are still in the middle of some very serious storms right now. log onto foxnews.com/weather. we are tracking the storms across the nation right now. you can find out what may be headed to your area. these need to be taken very seriously as we have seen play out in these tragic situations in the south. and two new -- switching to the economy for a moment. two new reports came out today and they really were not good. find out why our next guest says that the u.s. economy will not hurt the president's re-election effort. wait until you hear what he has to say about that, and also the video that we are bringing in and we continue to get new pictures of all of this. every time you look at this it's just more stunning than the picture you saw before. we have some brand-new things to show you. that is -- look at that, rip the
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martha: wear watching as this inch folds, the devastation of this storm. more than 200 people lost their lives and there are still watch boxes in the carolinas heading all the way up to the new york area right now. here are the latest pictures from pratt city, alabama as we look at literally the roofs just ripped off of houses and people's lives devastated by all of this. it is just awful. joining me on the phone now, or glad to be joined by the former arkansas governor and host of huckabee on the fox news channel mike huckabee.
good to have you with us governor. this is an awful, awful scene. i don't think i've seen anything quite like this. what is your reaction? i know you've been through these kind of situations, similar ones at least. >> in nearly eleven years as a governor i saw dozens and dozens of tornadoes. one of them in 1997 was a 250-mile path. i don't know that we've ever seen anything like this. this is so amazing. it has tog nothing less than an ef5 looking at the photos and level of damage. it's a time when governors across the south and mi midweste having to gear up their emergency services at an incredibly high toned fashion. you have all four of things you have to do. command, control, coordination and communication . those are the four priorities that you have. quite frankly dealing with a tornado like this starts before it ever happens, having your emergency services plan in place, nothing who is in charge, where they are going to be dispatched, having all of those
things really set in place before the storm ever hits. martha: you know, governor, you raise that point, and it raises the question of how you think it was handled in this situation. 246 people at least have been killed in this situation, but i don't know, you know, that anybody could have anticipated the shear power of these thins. >> well, in this case that is an enormous amount of people. i can't recall a tornado any time -- just any time that has taken this many lives in such a short period of time. however, to be fair looking at the level of devastation, and the breadth of this tornado, or tornadoes because there are a lot of them, it's amazing more people weren't killed because of better preparation. doppler systems that give people better warnings. tornado sirens and preparation. you can't completely prepare for
something of this magnitude no matter what shelter you take. when you see concrete and brick homes taken to the foundation there is no place to hide. i think what we really need to recognize is the horrible tragedy of the 248 or so who have been killed. but this could have ranked into the thousands had there not been the local weather stations on radio and television giving people warning and urging them to go for cover. martha: yeah, you make great points in all of this. so now obviously the priority of the moment is to find anybody who may be trapped in this rubble who is still alive. that has to be number one, right? and then after that, you know, where do you begin? >> well, one of the things that most states will have is some aerial mapping, in other words, i know in our state, in most states they'll have very good aerial mapping of every inch of territory of their state. one of the things they'll do is go back in order to assess the damage they'll do it on their
computers. they'll actually look at the pictures before, they'll now be doing fly over of the sites and matching those grids up to see just what level of damage. that will give them an ability to sort of ascertain how much dollar damage and even find out if there are areas that they didn't completely survey. then the next step is after of course the first thing, taking care of human life, is the salvage operation. and people have no idea how difficult it is just to hall away the debris. it is an enormous task and very costly. you have a lot of issues in terms of disposal, because there is no discrimination about what kind of materials, old paint cans in garages, all sorts of things, that has to be disposed of in the rebuilding. it is a very long, arduous process that will take months if not years. and some of these communities, frankly, martha, will never, ever be the same again. martha: you know the only thing that can can hearten any of us
in this situation is we know we have seen in the past and we know we will see in this situation that people pull together in these communities, others come to help from other places, build their skills to bear to to whatever they can. our hearts go out to all of them. we than that you for being with us today, governor to give us your thoughts on this. you've been down this road and you have good advice. thank you. >> thank you, martha. martha: we're going to take a few minutes to talk about the economy. numbers that came in on the home front and they are really not looking too good. first you've got this one that came in a jump in the jobless rate, 25,000 people more are filing for unemployment benefits this week. that brought the total number to 429,000. that is way above where we want to be to start to see this thing get under control r. it's the highest number that we've seen since late january. you may remember we had a few weeks that the trend looked good, this could be an anomaly
but it's not a good number. you have the gdp. gross domestic product that growth 1.8%. that is a big drop compared to last quarter. you can see it was going off the 17 up to the 3.2. not the trend you want to see in gdp percentage gains there. we are happy to be joined today by simon rosenberg who is the president of a think tank. simon welcome. good to have you here today. >> thank you for your great coverage of the tornadoes in the south, it's a tough day. martha: it's awful, isn't it. we are here in london to cover this big happy event and you have this happening at home. your hearts go out to all of them. you want to wrap your arms around these folks. it is an awful, awful time especially coming in the midst of a very anemic economy.
>> we are going to have a titanic debate in washington overt next few weeks about what to do about the economy. the public policy has to be focused on three things, keeping the current fragile recovery going, making the long term investments that create growth and dealing with the deficit. i think we'll have to be cognizant that with rising energy and food prices, with the continued weakness in the housing markets, the irresponsible threats that we are hearing from some about potentially shutting down the government over the debt ceiling, there are dark clouds in the economic horizon now and i think it will force policy makers to reevaluate some of their positions and make sure they are taking prudent steps to keep things going in the short term. martha: yeah well that raises the elephant in the room as to whether or not we need to go into serious deficit cutting, and whether the whole stimulus plan of putting a lot of money into this does not appear to be
working when you look at these numbers. how does the president look at these numbers and continue to be convinced that that's the proper course? >> well, first of all i believe that the stimulus did work, but the stimulus is now over. right we are now into a new economic period. i think the real question is going to be, martha. goldman sachs has said that if there is more cutting than we've already done it could actually push the economy back now into a double-dip recession. one of the debates we're going to see in the next few weeks because of the debt limit conversation that is coming is are we going to take steps that could actually guarantee us returning to a recession? that's what the republicans are arguing for. my belief is that the republican's party's position will guarantee we return to a recession. the president's position is trying to make sure thisee tphaoepl i can recovery gets better in the next few months. that is where the battle lines are going to be when congress returns on monday. martha: everybody is going to have to figure out something.
we have to get a move on in this issue and time is wasting. simon rosenberg we thank you very much for being here. good to have you, sir. >> sure. martha: the big story is the search and rescue efforts that are underway right now in the disaster zones across the south. it is a horrific, horrific day for the people in these states, and we are going to have more for you live from tuscaloosa, alabama. we'll go there and get a firsthand look at how that community is coping right after this. the charcoal went out already? [ sighs ] forget it. [ male announcer ] there's more barbeque time in every bag of kingsford charcoal. kingsford. slow down and grill. or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today.
martha: all right. we are back. we are just getting word that president obama is about to speak about the twister damage. that is going to happen within the next hour, we are being told. a news conference already scheduled for the president to announce some personnel changes, which of course have been happening in the defense department and the cia. now obviously given what is going on in the south he will be addressing that from the white house as well. so we'll be watching that just a little while from now. and chief meteorologist rick reichmuth has been doing an incredible job of making this story really sort of hit home for everybody across this country, in tuscaloosa, alabama. rick, talk to mow a little bit about what the folks are saying on the ground, how things look from there right now. >> reporter: to be honest with you i think it's so early there is till just a lot of shock around here. not only shock but people are still looking for loved ones. i am hearing people say, you
haven't heard from so-and-so, and we have four people missing, and where is the family that hasn't been able to find their daughter. these sorts of stories. there is a lot of that kind of searching. there are also people kind of trying to see if there is any kind of order they can put into this. being able to meet with people, finding services that they might need such as red cross or salvation army. there has been food passed out in the area. there are people beginning to dig through the rubble of their homes. this family has taken down a couple of walls that were standing but the roof had been completely lifted off of the home. so they are now in there trying to see what they can salvage and take out of the area. come back across the other side of here and this is where we've seen some of the most dramatic images. this was a home, the home is gone. there are still three people from this home that are not accounted for that they haven't found, and the family has been frantically looking back here. throughout the morning they've occasionally heard sounds and thought they might have somebody in there, but it has not been
the case. i tell you what, martha, as you look deep into this picture back here you get an idea of just how devastating this is, just how large it is. there were obviously trees all around here, the trees are gone. let me tell you, very large trees that have been snapped. i was just looking at a tree that is about three feet thick and it is completely gone. you see all the cars burned out and everything. people are concerned that there are still survivors or still victims back in there. at this point it's search and rescue going on. you can see all of the facilities and people doing the work. it's still a bit of shock certainly for everybody and people coming around and saying, i can't believe it, it doesn't make sense, never thought a tornado could be this big or damaging. of course we've never seen images like this. certainly not in our lifetime in this country, so it's still a shock for everyone, martha. martha: it's incredible. you watch that poor family walking around still with missing loved ones and you just want to, you know, give them a hug. that is pretty much all anyone
can do at this point. this is so devastating for these families, rick. we'll be back with you in a little while. everyone's personal belongings tossed around like that and the trees snapped. the emergency crews of course are trying to get in there and assess the damage. we are going to continue to learn new information about all of this. and, you know, so much is still really to come to light. you just saw a glimpse of what it looked like as it was heading toward them. there you see this neighborhood as they step through it and try to find out if there is anything in there that they can salvage. worst hit states -- state was certainly alabama, more than 160 people there. the numbers are north of there right now, have died in the outbreak of these storms. i'm joined by congressman mo brooks of alabama. his home district was among the hardest hit. congressman brooks we are so sorry for the loss in your community. tell us a little bit about what it's like for you, and for the people of your towns.
>> it's pretty rough in the tennessee valley of north alabama from georgia to mississippi. we have damage of some kind. we do not have electrical power. we anticipate not having electrical power for anywhere from three to four days on the short side to a week or two on the long side. without electrical power it means you don't have ready access to gasoline and other fuels. you can have gas at the gas station but if the pumps don't have electricity you can't get gasoline. our hospitals seem to be doing better, they have generators. we are trying to insure they get the fuel they need for their generators. quite frankly in terms of geographic death and injuries and economic impact this could be the worst disaster in alabama history. martha: we understand the president is going to be there tomorrow. what will you and others in your position be asking him to do in
terms of help? >> first and foremost we want america's prayers. there are a lot of people who are mourning and who are suffering and our thoughts need to be with them. right now we are still in the search and rescue phase of this devastation, trying to get to people who are injured to get them the medical treatment that they need, and of course trying to locate those that did not survive so that they can be properly taken care of. in the comes days, weeks and months we will be seeking the appropriate kind of emergency relief help that is needed to rebound. initially areas of the counsel tree that have personnel who can assist with getting our power restored, we urgently need that kind of assistance. the tba, there is about a 5,000 square mile area, roughly speaking that does not have power. tba the very large lines that are 25kb lines on the big towers, 25 of those are out.
another 78 or so major transmission lines were taken out by this very large number of tornadoes that ripped through the tennessee valley. so there is a lot of work that is ahead of us and any assistance that we can receive from neighboring states or from the federal government, well, we are going to do our best to try to insure that that gets to local communities as soon as possible. martha: we'll do our best to get the story out and to continue to cover it and hope that you people get all the help that can possibly be brought your way. congressman brooks, thank you very much. >> thank you. martha: our thoughts are with you and everybody who is dealing with this tragic, tragic disaster in your home state. you know, you look at that tunnel of tornado as it went through tuscaloosa in the previous picture, and you look at the buildings in relation to it, it's mind blowing, frankly. and most folks are trying to, you know, flee the sight of this fully formed tornado as it came through. storm chasers, you know, try to
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u.s. and we want to keep you posted on everything that is happening here as well. we want to move to a story of people who do not do what most of us do for a live, they risk life and limb all the time to get a look at what happens inside powerful natural disasters. they took, for example, this video yesterday. take a look. >> yeah there is debris. >> you hear that roar? >> yeah, yeah. it's going to move south of us. get ready to back up. martha: we heard them on that video saying, get ready to back up. these are storm chases they drive toward the vortex of these massive twisters. this is what they shot yesterday why most everybody else was trying to get out of the way these guys go forward it and find out what makes it tick. i'm joined by read, a storm
chaser. how does what you watched unfold yesterday compare to the many you've seen? >> i've been storm chasing for about 13 years now and i've never seen an outbreak like we chased yesterday. there were so many different supercells, every single storm had a very large, violent tornado underneath it. and we knew the atmosphere was conducive for a widespread outbreak, but i didn't anticipate something of that magnitude yesterday. and it was a very dangerous situation, and there are horrifying images coming out from the towns that were hit. that only motivates me further to thrab track down the tornadod call in the reports and help out in the warning process. martha: you look at the width of these things. the pictures we saw from tuscaloosa in particular, you could see it against the buildings in the city area of tuscaloosa, just the width of it was so tremendous. in terms of mother nature, what was happening? >> well, these are some of the most dangerous kind of
tornadoes, they are called wedge tornadoes, which are typically wider than they are tall, and the reason they are more damaging is because they are inside the real powerful tornadic winds for a longer period of time. the reason you have wedges is the moisture was really high, the heat and moisture was through the roof and basically the conditions were perfect for large violent tornadoes and that's exactly what we saw yesterday. martha: we are watch this video that you guys shot as it just goes, you know, by. we don't know if that house survives that situation. you know, when you're in something like this. and you guys are seasoned with all of this. this took a lot of lives out there. do you think twice about how you handle it for your own safety? >> we definitely do. the tornadoes yesterday had to be respected. we talked about it beforehand, and knew that we won't be able to interest september this tornado with our armored tank because they would just be too strong. tornadoes are moving at 60 miles
an hour, which made it that much more dangerous, because you'll see the tornado on the horizon and in a matter of minutes it will be right on you. and they are very intense, there's lots of flying debris. thankfully in that video the house that you saw did survive, but one thin we do as storm chasers is if we come across damage we drop everything in the chase and shift over to first responders. martha: well that's good news that that house survived. boy you look at that thing that is headed towards it and they were lucky that it stayed out of their path. reid timmer thank you very much. i hope you never see anything like this one again because it took so many lives this these four states. thanks so much for being with us. we are moments away right now from live comments from the president regarding this situation in the south after these massive tornadoes. we are going to bring you there live moments from now as we come back with more live from washington, and tuscaloosa, here
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martha: let's get back to this story in london for a moment. the royal wedding is hours away. it's going to start early tomorrow morning for our coverage and prince william and kate middleton. this is the move many we saw. 4 when the cars started coming you could tell somebody was going to come by. the buzz on the street was tremendous. a huge police president. we think the car had prince harry or andrew in that vehicle. they went around the side of the palace. tonight there is a dinner party for all of the visiting guests. we saw the middleton's as they went into the goring hotel. kate will be with her family and they will stay there enjoying
the evening there with them. lots of activity at the palace. amy kellogg works right here from london all the time. she is very familiar with the comings and goings of the royal family. she is live at buckingham palace. some activity out there, amy eufrpblgts know, iknow, martha. it was kind of like watching football when everybody taoeufs onto the ball and you lose track of where it is. this is the first day we've seen this. martha. you've been here for a couple of days. there hadn't been anyone out, there was no reason to be out there except for tourists to come by buckingham palace any way routinely while they are here. we are seeing all sorts of little tents outside the circle outside the palace. i'm wondering how the police are letting that be because they've been very stringent about every move we make, as you know, around these parts, but people are getting extremely excited.
a lot of americans in town. in fact one of the big grocery chains here says they are expecting one hundred percent increase in international calling cards. they anticipate americans wanting to call home first to their friends and family. people are cheering and getting in the spirit. i think there is a lot of love for prince william here and internationally. they watched him grow up. they saw him live through the tragedy of losing his mother. kate middleton is a beautiful woman that looks like she really loves him and she looks very happy and i think people are starting to get excite -d for their big day, martha. martha: they put out a statement yesterday saying they were so grateful for the affection of so many people. you can feel that as so many are hopeful for them. a lot of americans as you point out on the street. we will watch all this unfold and we are delighted that shepard smith is here in london with us. he's going to be coming up in a few minutes from now. thanks for watching.
we'll see you back here bright and early for the big wedding. i'm martha maccallum. studio b with shepard coming up right after this. having a heart. it's my back. it works great f pain. [ male announcer nothing's proven to relieve pain better than extra strength bayer aspirin. it rushes relief to the site of pain. feel better? yeah. thanks for the tip.
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